ETYM Old Eng. beche, AS. bece; akin to Dutch beuk, Old High Germ. buocha, German buche, Icel. beyki, Dan. bög, Swed. bok, Russ. buk, Latin fagus.
1. Any of several large deciduous trees with rounded spreading crowns and smooth gray bark and small sweet edible triangular nuts enclosed in burs; north temperate regions; SYN. beech tree.
2. Wood of any of various beech trees; used for flooring and containers and plywood and tool handles; SYN. beechwood.
Genus of trees Fagus, of the family Fagaceae. Of the ten species in this genus only one is native to North America; others grow in Europe. The American beech F. grandifolia grows to 30 m/100 ft, with blue-gray bark; a broad, rounded crown; and leaves that are lanceolate, serrate, triangular, and edible.